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MAZHAR
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HOW TO BE GREEN AND SAVVY
A simple book How to be Green and Savvy has been written by Mazhar Abbas for green lifestyle though claimed by several others. The major objective of this book is to teach people tips and tricks for leading a green and cost effective lifestyle in order to preserve nature, vegetation, energy and water around us.

Table of Contents of this ebook.
Foreword2

1. 1 The 3 R's
2. 2 Household Items
3. 3 Composting
4. 4 Household Chores
5. 5 General Living
6. 6 Household Utilities
7. 7 Disposal of Hazardous Materials
8. 8 Lawn and Garden
9. 9 Transportation
10 Conclusion

Some Excerpts
Using Used Plastic Bags
 Use bags as bin liners.
 Use them as 'doggy doo bags' when walking out with your dog.
 Put them in the bottom of plant pots and hanging baskets.
 Use them in the garden to hold your grass cuttings and hedge trimmings.
 Re-use zip lock bags for sandwiches and snacks.
 Use them when packing for a holiday.
 Let your children use them for carrying things to the school.
Recycling Papers
 Use children's drawings and paintings to wrap up gifts and presents.
 Use discarded A4-sized paper for notepads.
 Use old rolls of wallpaper for children's drawings.
 Use junk mail as scrap paper, or as bedding for pets.
 Use cardboard to collect paper for recycling
 Use old envelopes for new ones.
 Old calendars and colorful pictures can be used to make envelopes.
Recycling Household Waste in Garden
 Aluminum trays from pies and cakes are used as ideal dripping saucers to place under pot plants.
 Old tires are used outside for plant pots.
Use Following Waste Items for Planting Seedlings
 Egg cartons
 Plastic containers for takeaways
 Plastic containers for cherry tomatoes
 Old boots and shoes
 Plastic bottles
 Tetra-pack cartons
 Cardboard centers from toilet rolls
 Plastic ice-cream containers
Use Cans As
 Water reservoirs for new plants and trees.
 Pot plant holders. Decorate the outside of the can and put some soil in it for plants.
Recycling Garden Waste
 Local pig farmers appreciate kitchen scraps that you offer them. If you find some farmer nearby, meet him to inquire if he is interested in your kitchen scraps.
 If you need leaf mulch for your garden, visit a nearby local school and ask what they do with the leaf litter.
 Get a couple of hens for the household. They eat all the kitchen scraps.
 If you have done any trimming of trees and hedges, contact the local farmers if they need the twigs and leaves for animals.
 Avoid using kitchen waste disposers and compost food scraps.
Recycling Other Items
 Use old and broken goods such as toasters and radios for repairing broken ones.
 Never leave any glass, broken glass or litter when you tour rural or countryside.
 Use boxes, plastic bags, old buttons, used wrapping paper, greeting cards, ribbons, tiles, crockery and other materials for art resources in schools and colleges.
 Use recycled jars for home preserves.
General Tips for Recycling
 Always keep a smaller dust bin for the kitchen. This makes you remember to recycle waste material.
 Make sure bottles and tins are clean before putting in the recycling bin.
 Reorganize the kitchen so it has an efficient recycling area with good sized bins to help with sorting and holding waste material.
 Cut both the tops and the bottoms off tin cans and squash them to make smaller to fit into the recycling bin.

This is copyrighted material. Not party of this can be copied for commercial material. It is for public welfare only. Specifically it is banned for any commercial use. If you need a free copy of this ebook, please email at mazharenglish@gmail.com or mazharenglish@hotmail.com or bhatti.information@gmail.com


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interesting reading .... Thanks for sharing this nice information.

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This is a rejoined to the book HOW TO BE GREEN AND SAVVY.

In fact, I wrote "the major objection" that is major objective of the writing of this ebook.

Green Kitchen
Kitchen is the center of all activities that could be done at any home such as cooking and taking meal, having coffee or tea or discussing matters etc. Your guests can experience the glimpses of real life here. Therefore, this frequently-used place should be neat, clean and attractive place for everybody and if it is a green kitchen, it will be a great place. Below are a few strategies to use to make your kitchen eco-friendly.
As it has already been said that cleanliness is an essential characteristic of a kitchen, you can apply the following cleaners to clean your kitchen. The problem is that a cleaner plays havoc with your environment. You must apply a good and eco-friendly cleaner. For example;
1. For stainless steel sinks and burners a good cleaner is baking soda .It is a mild abrasive cleaner that can be applied easily on surface. Just sprinkle a little quantity on a wet sponge and scrub away the surface, and after that rinse it off.
2. Take some borax and liquid castile soap and mix it in the form of paste. You can add lemon juice and antiseptic powder to make more effective. Now apply it with the help of damp sponge on the desired surface and rinse it off after a while.
3. Olive oil, white vinegar or club soda can be used effectively to remove fingerprints from stainless steel. Apply any one of them with the help of a moist cloth to retrieve the shine of the surface.
4. Try to use phosphate-free detergent for your dishwasher. Phosphorus is greatly harmful for animal and plants .When we use a detergent that contains phosphate, it travels through drains to lakes and consequently disturbs the balance of life inside the lake by making it muddy and stinky. Therefore, you must be careful while purchasing detergents.
5. Cleaning of microwave is very easy. Pour half of a cup of vinegar in a cup of water and put it in the microwave. Switch on microwave and let the mixture boil. Then turn off power button. After 5 to 10 minutes, remove the cup of mixture and wipe inside with a dampen cloth. With the help of this tip bad adore of food will be removed from microwave.


If you want to be green or take part in Green Movement, you must read this book that is available free of cost. Just drop a mail at mazharenglish@hotmail.com, mazharenglish@gmail.com and bhatti.information@gmail.com.


Copyrights (C) 2011 Mazhar Abbas
Not part of this excerpt is used for commercial purpose.

This Title and ebook contents are copyright registered on international level. The violator will have to face legal action in the internal court of arbitration and protection of intellectual copyrights laws.
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This book is not written by Derrall Bellair as he claims. I have also sent him a warning letter.
Derrall,

As I have written around three times to you to refrain from getting edited the book I wrote for you, because I have refunded your amount and retained copyrights. However, you have turned a deaf years to my piece of advice and given ad on Elance for its editing.

From my side, I have just got copyrights from Government of Pakistan and will send you a letter in this connection shortly here on this platform. I have also got it registered with a law firm in Ontario in Canada and New York in the US so that it should not be published or sold illegally by you.


In the meanwhile, I have started free distribution after full editing myself. You can see it here http://www.forumpakistan.com/how-to-be-green-and-savvy-t73204.html.

As I told you earlier, you deliberately destroyed my feedback on oDesk and also paid less than you actually said [I have proof of your dishonesty], I shall refund you rest amount tomorrow when it is in my account and again request you to refrain from selling my ebook.

I have changed the title to How to Be Green instead of your title. Therefore, it is hoped that you will understand sensitivity of of he legality of the issue and either pay with correct feedback or remove your add from Elance.

Regards

Mazhar Abbas



I hope he will understand the issue and refrain from publishing my written work.
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Household Chores
Green Kitchen
Kitchen is the center of all activities that could be done at any home such as cooking and taking meal, having coffee or tea or discussing matters etc. Your guests can experience the glimpses of real life here. Therefore, this frequently-used place should be neat, clean and attractive place for everybody and if it is a green kitchen, it will be a great place. Below are a few strategies to use to make your kitchen eco-friendly.
As it has already been said that cleanliness is an essential characteristic of a kitchen, you can apply the following cleaners to clean your kitchen. The problem is that a cleaner plays havoc with your environment. You must apply a good and eco-friendly cleaner. For example;
1. For stainless steel sinks and burners a good cleaner is baking soda .It is a mild abrasive cleaner that can be applied easily on surface. Just sprinkle a little quantity on a wet sponge and scrub away the surface, and after that rinse it off.
2. Take some borax and liquid castile soap and mix it in the form of paste. You can add lemon juice and antiseptic powder to make more effective. Now apply it with the help of damp sponge on the desired surface and rinse it off after a while.
3. Olive oil, white vinegar or club soda can be used effectively to remove fingerprints from stainless steel. Apply any one of them with the help of a moist cloth to retrieve the shine of the surface.
4. Try to use phosphate-free detergent for your dishwasher. Phosphorus is greatly harmful for animal and plants .When we use a detergent that contains phosphate, it travels through drains to lakes and consequently disturbs the balance of life inside the lake by making it muddy and stinky. Therefore, you must be careful while purchasing detergents.
5. Cleaning of microwave is very easy. Pour half of a cup of vinegar in a cup of water and put it in the microwave. Switch on microwave and let the mixture boil. Then turn off power button. After 5 to 10 minutes, remove the cup of mixture and wipe inside with a dampen cloth. With the help of this tip bad adore of food will be removed from microwave.
Cleaning Oven
When you have decided not to use hard chemicals to clean your home it becomes a challenge to get it cleaned without them. However, prevention is all time a better cure. You can have good cleaning with the help of things easily available in your own kitchen but, of course, with a little effort.
For example, use aluminum foil while cooking in the oven to prevent spills. Aluminum foil can be changed at any time if required. You can clean it easily. Try to remove spills immediately when the oven is still warm.
However, if there are dried spills in your oven, use some other tips. For example, scrape the spill after making it wet or use baking soda. Cleaning with baking soda takes almost overnight to work.
Then wipe away with wet cloth and wash it. Mixture of borax and liquid castile soap can serve the same purpose. Stains of oven will be removed by scrubbing it after applying some liquid over it.
If you want to clean your no-wax flour, use a cup of white vinegar per gallon of water. If you add a quarter of a cup of borax in the same way, it will be turned into another good cleansing recipe.
However, if you want to scuff marks from your floor, try some baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda over there and scrub it with a wet cloth.
Non-Toxic Furnishings for Household
Brand new furniture may look great at any home, but nobody can imagine that it becomes the cause of pollution due to the chemicals used in it. Stains and fire-resistant chemicals or glue that is used in the most parts of furniture clearly emit harmful substances. So the furniture usually off-gas the VOC's chemicals such formaldehyde, benzene, dioxins greatly affects human organs while breathing in such environment.
At this point, naturally you can ask the question how apparently harmless furniture can pollute environment. Simply take a look on the process of furniture making and the things that are used to make furniture.
1. Polyurethane a material, made up of crude oil, coal, carbon dioxide and water, is the essential extract of foam that is used in our cushions. Polyurethane is said to be harmful object for environment.
2. Cotton, at the same though not as harmful as foam yet, is affected by pesticide sprays.
3. We can say same about dies and other chemicals used to make fabrics beautiful.
4. There is the question of wood used for furniture also. In fact, it largely depends on our decision of buying things. We can make it different by choosing relatively eco-friendly furniture.
5. Used or second hand furniture certainly has great green benefits. A wide range of used furniture is available in the local market or on antique stores. This used furniture would be free of off-gassing, the major cause of pollution. On the other hand, used furniture can save your money as well as energy.
6. Recycled furniture is all-time good option. You can choose beautiful recycled furniture that is made from recycled or old material. You can also choose an object that is new but made from recycled material especially carpets or rugs etc. It could be a good choice because such thing contains least off-gassing probability.
7. Homemade furniture provides you a lot of benefits. It is beautiful, cheap and pollution free option.
8. Unlike choosing furniture that is made on order, pick the one that is already on display in any showroom since its off-gassing will be most probably already released.
9. Always prefer natural fabric in your furniture such as organic cotton, linen, or wool while making a purchase.
10. When you buy wooden furniture, you must consider one thing that it should be FSC certified product. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, a worldwide organization, engaged in the promotion of sustainable resources.
11. Keep your windows open for a few days when you have purchased furniture.
12. Make the arrangement of sufficient ventilation when you purchase something new.
You can manage VOC level gradually down through these steps. However, if you are unable to apply these tips due in winter, no need to worry. Cold climate itself controls the off-gassed VOC.
Clean and Green: Environmentally Friendly Cleaning
The idea of non-toxic cleaning product is not new. Few decades earlier, people used natural cleaning methods to keep their homes clean. Baking soda or vinegar was used as an effective detergent just before the invention of synthetic chemical-based cleaning products.
Here we will discuss some idea how you can keep your home sparkling without using mass-produced chemicals and lead a green life.
1. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a cheap nontoxic cleaner served for various purposes. This multipurpose material can absorb odor easily. It can deodorize your fridge, smelly carpets or cat's box. It can transform your kitchen into a shining place and remove stains from the surface.
2. White vinegar is another natural and multipurpose cleaner. Vinegar can be considered as an excellent cleaner as well as a deodorant. Use vinegar along with water to sparkle your window and mirrors. Vinegar's natural ability to cut grease makes it a powerful cleaner. However, unlike white vinegar, the other kinds of vinegars may not give you the same result. Vinegar can be used for another purpose also due to its natural ant repellent quality. A little quantity of vinegar can keep ants away from your home.
3. If you do not have white vinegar or baking soda, use lemon juice for cleaning and get much better results with its additional sweet smell. From cutting grease to removing stains, lemon juice work effectively. Lemon juice, whether taken from fresh lemons or from packed bottles, work equally better to clean your bathrooms or kitchen and add fragrance to the atmosphere. There is another good quality of lemon juice too; it can be added to various other such cleaners to get extra benefits.
4. Club soda is not only used to clean home or remove fingerprints from stainless steel, but also used for washing or removing stains from fabrics and carpets. It can be applied with cloth.
5. Borax is an easily available mineral used for various cleaning purposes. Its natural antiseptic quality makes it work powerfully against fungi. It is also used as a deodorant.
6. Olive oil though purely used in cooking, but you can use it for another purpose also. If you want to have a good polish for your wooden furniture simply use olive oil along with white vinegar or lemon juice. Now apply this mixture with the help of soft cloth, your furniture will shine brilliantly.
7. Castile soap is a vegetable oil liquid. It is a fine and environment friendly cleaner. It is easily available at any grocery shop or health food store. It is equally effective for dishes and cloth washing. It can also be used as a spray cleaner if you use it with water.
8. Coarse salt is best nontoxic natural scrubber. Hard stains of coffee, tea or rust from pan or pots can be removed with the help of coarse salt if used with vinegar.
9. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical, but quite mild as compared to chlorine bleach. It excellently works on bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is a good cleaner for removing blood stains. However, it should be used according to the percentage given on the label. Usually a quantity of 3 percent is sufficient for your cleaning.
10. Essential oils are significant due to their natural antiseptic and antibacterial extracts. Along with this, they also provide a delicious fragrance around the home. There is a wide range of essential oils. Some of popular among them include thyme, peppermint, lavender, bergamot, clove, basil, pine, lemon, lemongrass and eucalyptus etc. Only a few drops of these oils work better than an expensive antibacterial product. You just need to mix a few drops in water and spray them with the help of an atomizer on the different places of home. Essential oils are easily available in aromatherapy or health food stores. However, you must check label before purchasing the product that it is based on pure essential oil.
11. Cleaning cloth or duster can be easily made at home. Just follow simple recycling tips. Old cloth or towels can be turned into cleaning cloth. Cut down unnecessary parts and use for dusting in kitchen or anywhere around home.
12. If you usually use paper towel to clean mirrors and window panes then leave this habit. Here is another good option. Use a squeegee instead of paper towel and get even more excellent results.
13. Instead of using caustic chemicals to clear toilets and drains, use a plunger.
Bathroom
Bathroom is such a portion of your home that everybody wants in neat and clean condition. People usually prefer chemicals to get effective results. However, there are a lot many ways by which we can find the similar results in a natural manner. In order to lead a green toilet cleaning, check out these tips:
1. All-purpose green cleaner is a good option and it works equally on toilet seat, lid and tank.
2. Three percent of hydrogen peroxide is sufficient for cleaning bathroom.
3. Mixture of borax with lemon juice can also be used [1 part borax+ 2 parts lemon juice]
4. Mix some borax with water and liquid castile soap. It will make a good cleaner. [1/8 cup borax+1/4water+few drops of castile soap]
You must keep one thing in mind before using above given recipes that is to mix them well, and leave for few minutes after applying on the surface. Then use toilet brush for scrubbing and flush with water.
 Use grapefruit-seed extract with water, if your bathroom is taking mold or mildew. Or you can get the same result by using white vinegar and borax solution. Take equal quantity of both and pour it in warm water and scrub away mildew.
 Baking soda or all-purpose cleaner can be used to clean tub, tiles and shower.
 For cleaning tile grout use paste made by baking soda and water [1/3 cup water+3/4cup baking soda].Apply this paste on the grout, use an old toothbrush for scrubbing and then wash it with water.
 Keeping drains clean is very easy. Use boiled water or baking soda with vinegar, once in a week .It will work magically. After applying baking soda and vinegar, pour warm water to finish your cleaning. You can use a plunger also to clean drains but the frequent use of baking soda and vinegar will be more effective and safe. For cleaning mirrors and shower doors, the mixture of vinegar, water and castile soap is best.
 The lime scale on faucets and plumbing fixtures is common problem that can be solved by the use of vinegar or lemon juice. Its mild acid can dissolve all scale easily. Just apply white vinegar with the help of wet cloth, and leave it for about an hour then, rinse it off. You can also use fresh lemon for the same result by rubbing a slice of lemon over the fixture and wash it off.
 Air freshener is an essential need of any house hold. There is no need to buy expensive air freshener from market. You can have a lot of inexpensive objects around you home that can fulfill your need. Let us have a look:
Apart from baking soda or vinegar which is commonly used to absorb odors, there are some other good options that can provide fragrance to your home. Follow these good tips:
 Try to keep your windows open to let the fresh air come in.
 Use mixture of lemon juice and water with the help of spray bottle. It is a good air freshener.
 Use any one of your favorite essential oil with water. It is easy to use and give
 Excellent result
 Potpourri is one of the good source of freshen up air around. It can be found easily from a flower shop or make it yourself at home.
Making potpourri at home is simple enough .Took any kind of flower Lilac, lavender or roses. Some herbs can also be used. Rosemary or lemon balm is good for this purpose.
Keep them at any place of your home and let them dry. It will take about one or two weeks to get these flowers dried up. After that put them in an airtight case, pour a few drops of any essential oil and leave it for a month to get ready.
When it is done, place your homemade potpourri at anywhere in your home and enjoy the natural fragrance. For bathrooms, you can use this simple trick. Pour a tablespoon of pure vanilla essence or any essential oil on a cotton ball and keep the ball in an inconspicuous place of your bathroom.
Clean Laundry
Laundry is an inevitable part of our homes. Try using green tips for your laundry room. Avoid using harsh chemical based detergents to clean your cloth. A few useful tips are given here for your laundry room. While purchasing laundry detergent, a biodegradable should be your first choice.
It should be free of petroleum based ingredients, bleach, dyes and fragrance. Always use cold water for washing. It is good for two purposes, it save energy as well as protect the quality of your cloths. In hot water they may lose their color. However, if you need to use hot water, use hydrogen peroxide to whiten.
 Make less use of dryer, it consume enough energy. Instead hang clothes outside to dry. Fresh air makes your cloths free from chemical perfumes.
 There is no need to use expensive wooden drying racks for indoor drying; you can find the same results with inexpensive ones.
 Use chlorine bleach with three percent hydrogen peroxide to whiten your whites. A cup of hydrogen peroxide in loads of white cloths is enough to get good results if washed with hot water. Lemon juice is another best option. It is safe and cheap way of getting good results.
 Using white vinegar is a good strategy to brighten the colors of clothes. Just add half a cup of white vinegar for this purpose. Three-percent hydrogen peroxide can also be used to find the similar results.
 To deodorize smelly, dirty, and sweaty clothes, use baking soda in your laundry detergent. Baking soda is also good to brighten and whiten your clothes. A sprinkle of baking soda can be served to deodorize hampers and diapers during laundry days.
 Stains of clothes can be removed with several other tricks. Around three percent hydrogen peroxide solution is effective to remove blood stains. While cleaning colored fabric, test an inconspicuous spot first.
 To remove a damp stain, baking soda or borax is best. Just sprinkle and rub it and then wash it.
 If you want to remove grease stains, use a paste prepared from baking soda with water and apply it to grease stains. The stains will be removed.
 For removing food stains like wine, coffee, jam or ketchup, use white vinegar.
 Use white vinegar to soften your clothes. It has natural quality to soften cloths. Use of a few drops of essential oil along with vinegar will not only make your cloths soften, but also releases them of smell of the sweat.
 You can also try homemade fabric softener instead of a commercial one. Here is a good recipe. Take one cup of baking soda and two cups of water, put them in a bucket, and add a cup of white vinegar while stirring slowly. Be careful combining vinegar and baking soda can create a fizz. Now keep it into a bottle or any clean container. Shake before using. It is a good cloth softener.
 Use lemon juice along with your detergent to add sweet smell to your laundry.
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Yes this information is very amazing on how to collect amazing awareness about green buildings.???? I am a big fan of green communities but lack of negligence has broken my dreams to make cheap green Pakistan.
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